Meaning of worthwhile in English:

worthwhile

(also worth while, worth one's while)

adjective

  • Worth the time, money, or effort spent; of value or importance.

    ‘extra lighting would make a worthwhile contribution to road safety’
    ‘this attitude could doom a very worthwhile project to extinction’
    ‘if even one life is saved by the programme then all the hard work has been well worth while’
    ‘it might be worth your while to spend some time clarifying your objectives’
    • ‘Are the musicians at the airport a waste of money or worthwhile entertainment for our visitors?’
    • ‘We thought this would be a fun way of raising some money for a worthwhile cause.’
    • ‘All the effort was made worthwhile as Heaton again ran half the field for his second try.’
    • ‘Young people had something worthwhile and meaningful to do during the long summer break.’
    • ‘We have had very positive feedback so far and they do seem to think it is valuable and worthwhile.’
    • ‘He said the scheme was worthwhile and the county council still hoped to work with the parish council.’
    • ‘If I can change just one person's mind, then my speaking out will have been worthwhile.’
    • ‘Neither side deserved a victory and they barely created a worthwhile chance between them.’
    • ‘Companies at the Grammy gifting lounge said the fee for participation was worthwhile.’
    • ‘The disc of reissues contains almost as many worthwhile pieces as the newcomer.’
    • ‘Two Bristol racers made the long trip worthwhile with both claiming the veteran prizes.’
    • ‘He helps give the children a worthwhile interest while encouraging them to be fit and healthy.’
    • ‘Staff feedback proved the event was a worthwhile and valued learning experience.’
    • ‘Both managers lavished praise on their players for serving up a worthwhile spectacle.’
    • ‘It takes a speech like this evening's to restore my faith in the fact what I am doing is worthwhile.’
    • ‘The best way to cut truancy rates is to make school worthwhile for all pupils.’
    • ‘How very refreshing in this day and age to see something worthwhile and honest.’
    • ‘This tour is a worthwhile experiment and the comics paid their due to the show that made it possible.’
    • ‘The Internet became truly worthwhile at last and I was a very happy customer indeed.’
    • ‘Questions were thrown at me on a subject until I could give no more worthwhile answers.’
    valuable, of value, worth it, worth the effort, useful, of use, usable, of service, beneficial, rewarding, advantageous, positive, helpful, of help, of assistance, purposeful, profitable, gainful, fruitful, productive, constructive, effective, efficacious, effectual, justifiable, significant, important, substantial, meaningful, worthy
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Usage

When the adjective worthwhile is used attributively (i.e. before the noun) it is always written as one word: a worthwhile cause. However, when it is used predicatively (i.e. it stands alone and comes after the verb) it may be written as either one or two words: we didn't think it was worthwhile/worth while

Pronunciation

worthwhile

/wəːθˈwʌɪl/